To turkey or Not to turkey...and HOW?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by henherder, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. henherder

    henherder Hatching

    May 30, 2012
    MD & PA Line
    I am a small farm with a market and I am thing of getting turkeys to offer next year. I want them to be able to breed and brood, would like a good quality breast and flavor and would like the dressed weight to be between 10-25lbs. I have been looking at and considering Midget Whites and Holland Whites. I raise on pasture and feed, we are all natural and would like to know if anyone has any suggestions. Am I on the right track?

  2. ChickyBoy417

    ChickyBoy417 Chirping

    Jul 12, 2012
    White midget turkeys are a good choice. It's great to feed them all natural, and organic. Just make sure those turkeys don't breed too much. Then it will be hard to take care of them.
  3. Celie

    Celie Songster 6 Years

    Mar 23, 2012
    Tickfaw, Louisiana
    I raise Holland White Heritage and plan on taking orders for the Holidays next year. We raise our own food here on our little 5 acre farm, so we eat turkeys year round. I am selectively breeding the best to the best to try and get the breast up to a bigger than heritage size, and still be able to breed naturally. I don't expect the breast of a BBW, but I get better than average. I am only in my third generation of breeding, so I have a long way to go and will be culling a lot, but with culling goes a lot of meat for the freezer. Heritage turkeys take at least 9 or 10 months to fill out to a halfway decent size. I get 20 to 35 pounders with my Holland Whites, but the 35 pound weight comes with the second year growth., but still tender and succulent. I have never raised or know anyone who raises Midget Whites. The reason I did not is the size, I read they are, I have chickens that get that big and for about a year of feeding and raising, for a chicken hawk or a coon or possum to make a meal for, isn't my idea of worth the effort. I can harvest a smaller hen Holland white at about 15 pounds dressed out weight for someone who wants a smaller turkey, but most that come around inquiring, want a larger bird to feed more people on Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is when turkeys are in demand. I sell the hatching eggs and day old poults during spring and summer. I hope I was of some help, but this is what works for us and something may work better for you, so you need to investigate your options and decide!

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